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Contested Spaces Video Project

Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS)
University of Sydney

Contested Spaces Video Project consists of a series of 10 minute talks by experts on territorial and identity issues around the world produced by S L James.
These videos were produced between 2005 and 2009 with the majority being edited during 2007 to 2008. Video footage was collected and recorded between 2000 and 2009.

Video information:

Aceh: Identity [Dr Damien Kingsbury, Deakin University, April 2008]
Basque Country Identity [Professor Jan Mansvelt Beck, University of Amsterdam April 2008]
Catalonia: Identity [Professor Michael Keating, European University Institute, April 2008]
Chechnya: Conflict [Dr Cerwyn Moore, University of Birmingham, November 2008]
Cyprus: Buffer Zone [Dr James Ker-Lindsay, London School of Economics, April 2007]
Iraq: Kurds [Professor Brendan O'Leary, University of Pennsylvania, September 2008]
Japan: Whaling [Professor Arthur Stockwin, Oxford University, April 2007]
Jordan: Immigration [Dr Philip Robins, Oxford University, March 2008]
Korea: DMZ [Hall Healy, DMZ Forum, New York June 2007]
Kosovo: Communities [Dr Florian Bieber, University of Kent, November 2007]
Karabakh: Conflict [Thomas de Waal, Institute of War and Peace Reporting, April 2005]
Northern Ireland: Segregation [Professor James Anderson, Queen's University, October 2007]
Palestine: West Bank & Gaza [Professor Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania, September 2008]
Papua: Identity [Professor Peter King, University of Sydney, July 2007]
Scotland: Governance [Dr Martin Steven, Glasgow University, March 2008]
Turkey: Kurds [Professor Joost Jongerden, Wageningen University, June 2008]
Uzbekistan: Ferghana Valley [Dr Sean Roberts, George Washington University, September 2008]
Wales: Identity [Professor David Adamson, University of Glamorgan, November 2007]
Western Sahara: Settlement Plan [Erik Jensen, former head of MINURSO, January 2008]
Xinjiang: Uyghurs [Dr Michael Dillon, Tsinghua University, June 2008]

For further information visit the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

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Run time 10 minutes (each video)
Producer S L James
Production Company Contested Spaces Video Project
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English
Contact Information Contested Spaces Video Project, Centre for Peace and Conflict, Studies Mackie Building K01, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia Tel: +61 2 9351 7686 Fax: +61 2 9660 0862 Email:



Associate Professor Damien Kingsbury is Associate Head of the School of International and Political Studies (Research) at Deakin University. He teaches Approaches to Political Development, Political Development in South-East Asia, Conflict Resolution and Development, Developing Country Case Study and other Development subjects, and also supervises PhD students.

Basque Country

Jan Mansvelt Beck is associate professor of Geography at the University of Amsterdam. His research is focused on Spain and France and, in particular, on ethno-nationalism within these states. Jan Mansvelt Beck is author of Territory and Terror: Conflicting Nationalisms in the Basque Country.


Professor Michael Keating joined the European University Institute in 2000 and was head of department between 2004 and 2007. Born in 1950, he graduated from the University of Oxford in 1971, gained his PhD in 1975 at Glasgow College of Technology (now Glasgow Caledonian University) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is on leave from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he is Professor of Scottish Politics. From 1988 until 1999 he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and was previously Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He has held visiting posts in the USA, England, France, Spain and Norway. He has published numerous books and articles on urban and regional politics, nationalism and comparative European politics.


Dr Cerwyn Moore: I was awarded my PhD in July 2004, and continue to work on research related to the ‘Theory, Practice and Interpretation of Violence’ within global politics. I teach undergraduate and post-graduate courses on security in theory and practice and International Relations theory. I have published widely on political violence related to the two Russo-Chechen Wars of the 1990s. In particular, I have won a series of research awards to analyze the changing nature of political violence in the North Caucasus, drawing on detailed examinations of Chechen suicide attacks, mass hostage-taking with suicidal intent, trans-local and transnational networks, and narratives of resistance. My work in this area is ongoing and will lead to a series of publications throughout 2008. Likewise, I continue to work on hermeneutic approaches to global politics, and have a series of forthcoming papers related to this strand of my research.


Dr James Ker-Lindsay was a Senior Research Fellow and director of the MSc programmes in International Conflict and International Relations, Kingston University and is now a Senior Research Fellow on the politics of South East Europe at the London School of Economics. A specialist on the politics and international relations of South East Europe, his books include, 'Crisis and Conciliation: A Year of Rapprochement between Greece and Turkey' (2007), ‘EU Accession and UN Peacemaking in Cyprus’ (2005), ‘Britain and the Cyprus Crisis, 1963-64’ (2004), and ‘The Work of the United Nations in Cyprus’ (co-edited, 2001). He has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles and is the co-editor of The Cyprus Review. His other activities have included regular media commentary and analysis, including writing for Jane's and the Economist Intelligence Unit, and public and private sector consulting and advising. He also has a practical background in conflict analysis and resolution, having served as director of a think tank and as the co-ordinator of the Greek-Turkish Forum, a peace initiative run by the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).


Brendan O'Leary (born 19 March 1958) is an Irish political scientist, who is Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director of the Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was formerly Director of the now-closed Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict. He was formerly a professor at the London School of Economics. He studied at Keble College, Oxford and the London School of Economics, where he gained his PhD on the Asiatic mode of production.
He is the author of numerous influential books about the Northern Ireland conflict, many of them co-authored with John McGarry, who he met when they both attended Saint MacNissi’s College. McGarry and O'Leary's Policing Northern Ireland: Proposals for a New Start (Blackstaff Press, 1999) is considered to have had a significant influence on the work of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland. He is currently an international advisor to the Kurdistan National Assembly, responsible for advising on the constitutional reconstruction of Iraq and Kurdistan, with special responsibility for federal arrangements and electoral laws. Previously, he was a policy advisor to the British Labour Party, and political advisor to Mo Mowlam and Kevin McNamara during their respective spells as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.


Professor J A A Stockwin retired in September 2003 as director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford University and is now Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony's College and the Nissan Institute. He obtained his doctorate from the Australian National University and is author of The Japanese Socialist Party and Neutralism, Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Japan; as well as co-author of Dynamic and Immobilist Politics in Japan; and translator of Junji Banno, The Establishment of the Japanese Constitutional System. A fourth edition of his textbook: Governing Japan, is in press, with the amended subtitle of: Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy.


Philip Robins' professional career spans journalism, policy studies, consultancy and academia. His engagement with the Middle East dates from 1976, when he lived and worked in Israel. He was later based in Jordan, working for the BBC and The Guardian. His connection with the Economist Intelligence Unit dates back to 1983. Philip Robins undertook his doctoral research in the Politics Department at the University of Exeter, under Tim Niblock. Dr Robins joined Chatham House in 1987, where he was later the founder of the Middle East Programme. Dr Robins was a visiting professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, 1994/5. He came to Oxford University to take up his current post at the Department of International Relations in 1995.


Hall Healy has over more than 30 years of work in business and non-profit organizations, 14 of which have been in the civil and environmental engineering business, Healy has successfully conducted facilitation, strategic planning and training in the United States and other countries. Hall Healy is the current president of the DMZ Forum, New York.


Dr Bieber joined the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent in 2006. Prior to moving to Kent, he worked for five years in Belgrade (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) for the European Centre for Minority Issues and held teaching appointments at the Central European University, at the University of Sarajevo and at the University of Bologna. He has been an International Policy Fellow of the Open Society Institute and conducted post-doctoral research with the Solomon Asch Centre for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania.

Nagorny Karabakh

Thomas de Waal has spent the past fifteen years writing about the former Soviet Union. He completed a degree in Russian and Modern Greek at Oxford, before working for the BBC, The Moscow Times and The Times in London and Moscow. He is co-author with Carlotta Gall of Chechnya: A Small Victorious War, the first full-length book about Chechnya in English and is author of Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War, the first thorough book in English about the Nagorny Karabakh conflict. He is currently editor of the Caucasus programme at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in London.

Northern Ireland

Professor James Anderson joined the School of Geography at Queen’s University Belfast in October 1999. In Queen's, together with Dr Ian Shuttleworth, he established C-STAR: the Centre for Spatial Territorial Analysis and Research based in the School of Geography. He was Director of it 2000-2004, and is now Co-Director. Along with colleagues in Sociology, Anthropology and European Studies, he helped set up the University's interdisciplinary Centre for International Borders Research (CIBR) in 2000, and since then has been one of its Co-Directors. He is currently co-coordinator in the ESRC funded research project Conflict in Cities.


Dr. Lustick is interested in comparative politics, international politics, Middle Eastern politics, and agent-based, computer assisted modeling for the social sciences. He teaches courses on Middle Eastern politics, political identities and institutions, techniques of hegemonic analysis, the expansion and contraction of states, and on relationships among complexity, evolution, and politics. Dr. Lustick is a recipient of awards from the Carnegie Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Research Council, and the United States Institute of Peace. Before coming to Penn, Professor Lustick taught for fifteen years at Dartmouth College and worked for one year in the Department of State. His present research focuses the politics of Jewish and non-Jewish migration into and out of Palestine/the Land of Israel, on prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, on applications of agent-based modeling in the social sciences, techniques of disciplined counterfactual analysis, and the problem of modeling political violence. He is a past president of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association and of the Association for Israel Studies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Professor Peter King's research and teaching interests include: Australia's relations with South East Asia, North East Asia and the South Pacific; the politics of nationalism and self-determination in West Papua; the political dynamics of corruption in Indonesia, and “the future of inhumanity” – being surveyed in its military, corporate and governmental dimensions.
His publications include From Rhetoric to Reality? Papua New Guinea's Eight Point Plan and National Goals After a Decade; Pangu Returns to Power; Ethnicity and Conflict in a Post Communist World, Peace Building in the Asia/Pacific Region, and West Papua and Indonesia since Suharto. Peter King was the founding President, later Director, of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), Sydney University, in 1988. Since 2000 he has been Convener of the West Papua Project within the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.


Dr Martin Steven holds both a first class honours degree and PhD (university anniversary scholarship) from the University of Glasgow, and has been a visiting research scholar in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. His research interests focus on the theme of social capital in the UK and the US, including the relationship between electoral systems and party behaviour, and the comparative role of religion in American and European politics. He is currently conducting two main research projects: 1) investigating the impact of proportional representation on democratic engagement in Scotland (as head of research for the Electoral Reform Society in Scotland) – he recently organised an academic conference on the topic the proceedings from which will be published in a special issue of the journal Representation edited by Martin, and is in charge of the definitive 2008 COSLA survey of all of Scotland’s councillors; 2) a comparative analysis of the ‘Americanisation’ of the role of religion in European politics – his preliminary findings will be published in 2009 in the edited volume, Religion, Politics and Law in the European Union (London: Routledge), co-edited by Lucian Leustean and John Madeley, as well as in a special issue of the journal Religion, State and Society, 2009, 37 (1 & 2), and an article in Politics (2008).


Joost Jongerden obtained a MSc in rural sociology at the Wageningen University in 1991 and a PhD in 2006. In between he worked in several areas (as documentary maker in war affected regions, publisher, program coordinator at a foundation for urban and social issues) but most of his time at the Wageningen University, doing research and coordinating projects in the field of technology and development studies, with an emphasis on spatial issues.

His Ph.D. thesis Settlement Wars (2006) is an analysis of settlement and resettlement policies and practices (in times of development and war) as means for societal and social transformation, mainly focusing on Turkey and the Kurds. A fundamental assertion of this work is that modern society's concern with space is closely related to issues of governance. A revised version of his thesis is published in 2007 by Brill Academic Publishers under the title The Settlement Issue in Turkey and the Kurds, An analysis of spatial policies, modernity and war. He published several articles and presented various papers on the organization of space, governance and the production of identities, with an emphasis on Turkey and he Kurds. As assistant professor at the CTC group his research focuses on the reconstruction of technologies.


Dr Sean Roberts is associate professor and director of the International Development Studies Program at George Washington University, Washington DC. Previously he was Central Asian Affairs Fellow at the Center for East European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at Georgetown University. Dr Roberts runs a popular Central Asian blog:


Professor David Adamson is a sociologist within the Society and Culture Field and lectures at the University of Glamorgan. He studied at the University of Cardiff receiving a degree (BSc Econ, Sociology/Politics, Cardiff) and PhD (Wales). Following a brief period teaching at, the then, Polytechnic of North London, he then joined the Polytechnic of Wales in 1985. He has a wide range of teaching interests, which have a common theme of identity.

Adamson’s PhD analysed the nineteenth and twentieth century manifestations of Welsh Nationalism, linking the development of the doctrine in Wales to processes of struggle between classes in the Welsh social structure.
David Adamson has retained a continuing interest in issues of national identity. He is also concerned with issues of class identity and, in particular, in changes in working class culture and identity. Published work includes Class Ideology and the Nation, Cardiff, University of Wales Press (1991) and A Theory of Welsh Nationalism, Cardiff, University of Wales Press (1998).

Western Sahara

Erik Jensen served in 1994-1998 as head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). More recently, he has been Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His recent publications include Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate, Collective Security, Posse, or Global Cop: The US and Global Security at the Turn of the Century.


Dr Michael Dillon is a frequent commentator on Chinese affairs for the BBC and other broadcasters. He was formerly Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham, UK. Where he taught Chinese and Chinese history and is currently visiting profesor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His previous publications include Contemporary China: An Introduction, China: A Historical and Cultural Dictionary, China’s Muslim Hui Community: Migration, Settlement and Sects and Xinjiang: China’s Muslim Far Northwest.


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